Getting the most from your midyear experience

Students admitted to the midyear class have a unique opportunity to pursue experiences that other students may not enjoy until later in their college careers. There is no single roadmap for midyear students, and the best advice we can give is to get the most you can out of the time.

Midyear students typically spend their fall semester in one of a variety of pursuits that they and their families feel will provide them with a productive and fulfilling experience before entering Brandeis. Some find jobs or internships, while others take classes at a college or university near their home. Some students have used the time to study in another part of the country or the world. The Brandeis community is vastly enriched when midyear students bring these experiences with them to campus.

To decide how you will spend your fall semester, begin by speaking with your family and other advisers you trust about what activities might be the best fit for you. Brandeis will also help by providing answers about how your different options will enhance your future study. Whatever you decide to do, we encourage you to use this opportunity to explore, experience new things and develop new ideas and skills. In doing so, you will be getting the greatest benefit from your midyear experience.

Some midyear students have spent their fall semester:

  • On Capitol Hill working for their congressperson
  • Fundraising for worthy social-service organizations
  • Working in their synagogue or church
  • Volunteering or working in a hospital
  • Interning at a museum
  • As an emergency medical technician
  • With a local community-service organization doing service work

  • Volunteering on a kibbutz

  • Studying abroad in countries such as Israel, Italy, Switzerland, and China
  • Traveling through Europe—solo!
  • Running the family business
  • Studying abroad in Florence or London

Taking courses before enrolling at Brandeis

Midyear students may enroll in a nondegree-seeking program at a regionally accredited, degree-granting institution prior to matriculating at Brandeis. The Office of the University Registrar at Brandeis can help you determine, before you enroll in fall classes, whether you will receive credit for such coursework and whether those courses will fulfill Brandeis academic requirements.